The Angry Planet

The Angry Planet : An environmental cantata

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for children's choir, SATB chamber choir, and SATB double choir This monumental cantata for massed forces was commissioned by David Hill and The Bach Choir and premiered as part of the 2012 BBC Proms. Setting a specially commissioned text by Charles Bennett, Chilcott skilfully uses both metred and unmetered sung and spoken lines to highlight the text's environmental message. While the musically interlinked choirs sing of humanity's negligence towards nature in a series of dream images, the endearing and innocent tunes of the children's choir ultimately evoke a sense of hope for the future. Creating a unique opportunity for adult and children's choirs to collaborate, this captivating piece offers a fun and educational performance experience for singers both young and old.show more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 128 pages
  • 210 x 296 x 7mm | 348g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193409828
  • 9780193409828

Review quote

The challenge [Chilcott] set himself here was a daunting one; to compose a totally unaccompanied choral work, including children's voices, lasting over three-quarters of an hour. That takes some doing, for composer and performers alike; but he has managed it, largely by keeping the harmonic movement fairly limited, and securing variety by contrast of textures and motion . . . The result is a genuinely beautiful work, with an expressive intensity unmatched by more glitzy compositions. Chilcott has found in the poet Charles Bennett an ideal collaborator, and the poems are beautiful things in themselves . . . This work is a fine achievement, and simply adds to Bob Chilcott's profile as one of the most brilliant composers of vocal music around today. He is also a major ambassador for the simple undying joy of singing. * Gwyn Parry-Jones, www.musicweb-international.com, July 2015 * Bob Chilcott's The Angry Planet caused a stir when it premiered at the Proms in 2012. A heartfelt cry for sense in the climate-change debate, its power lay in the simplicity of children's voices - tomorrow's adults and inheritors of the mess that today's generation is leaving for them. * Stephen Pritchard, The Guardian online, 12 July 2015 * The combination of Chilcott's inventive and emotionally vital choral writing with Bennett's masterful lyricism make The Angry Planet an incredibly significant anad timely work, its message encapsulated in its final words: "The seesaw lifts and dips as we wonder to ourselves: can we learn how to live with this world? Perhaps the sparrows sing, perhaps, perhaps" . * Alan Denney, Choral Journal (US), Sept 2016 *show more

About Bob Chilcott

Bob Chilcott has been involved with choral music all his life, first as a Chorister and then a Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge. Later, he sang and composed music for 12 years with The King's Singers. His experiences with that group, his passionate commitment to young and amateur choirs, and his profound belief that music can unite people, have inspired him both to compose full-time and, through proactive workshopping, to promote choral music worldwide.show more

Table of contents

6pm ; As if ; Yellow Eye ; Remember ; 9pm ; Green Rain ; Midnight ; We need ; 3am ; Sorry too late ; Peppermint freckles ; 6am (Lutra lutra) ; Perhapsshow more